Spalding P. Lalley, who was a direct descendant of one of Maryland's earliest settlers and who spent many years researching the genealogy of old Roman Catholic families of Southern Maryland, died of heart failure Jan. 12 at Keswick. She was 96.
The former Spalding Parker was born in Baltimore and attended the old Visitation Convent School and Mount St. Agnes College. She was a founding member of the Catholic Evidence League.
She met her future husband, Joseph M. Lalley, in the early 1920s while both were on the staff of The Sun, where he was a reporter and she worked in the library. They lived for many years in Mount Washington and Roland Park. Mr. Lalley died in 1980.
Mrs. Lalley was a descendant of Thomas Spalding, who settled in Southern Maryland in 1657. She was a member of the St. Mary's County Historical Society and spent many years researching the genealogy of the Spaldings and other Catholic families.
She is survived by four sons, John S. Lalley of Baltimore, Joseph M. Lalley Jr. of Asheville, N.C., Thomas L. Lalley of Washington and Richard P. Lalley of John's Island, S.C.; and a daughter, Anne Lalley de Alvear of Quito, Ecuador.
A memorial Mass was offered at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart. The family suggests contributions to the Keswick home, 700 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.